News and Announcements



Please take notice that the Clermont County Common Pleas Court will be closed on Monday, May 28, 2018 in observance of Memorial Day. The Court will reopen on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 at 8:00 AM.

Comments Welcomed: The new website for the Common Pleas Court has been available to the public since January 2017. If you have comments, suggestions, improvements to the new site, or an error correction, please submit them by clicking here.  Thank you for your input.

AMENDMENTS TO LOCAL RULES-September 29, 2017 Please take notice that the Judges of the Common Pleas Court have adopted amendments to the Local Rules affecting process servers. This amendment to Local Rule 10 is effective immediately, and is available at the Local Rules link on this web site.

TO ALL COUNSEL SEEKING CRIMINAL CASE APPOINTMENTS: Please take notice that the Common Pleas Court has adopted a new form for counsel seeking to receive appointments to represent indigent criminal defendants. All counsel must submit the new form pursuant to the regulations of the Ohio Public Defender Commission in OAC chapter 120-1. Counsel are urged to review the regulations in that chapter. Completed forms should be returned promptly to Court Administrator Gary Scalf. Please click for the Appointed Counsel Application Form in PDF format.

The Clermont County Board of Commissioners has posted a YouTube video “What is the Common Pleas Court?” on its website. The video can be accessed by clicking HERE.

Retiring Judge Thomas Herman has given an interview on his years of service to Clermont County. The video can be accessed by clicking HERE.

TO ALL COUNSEL INVOLVED IN FORECLOSURE CASES, Please take notice that the Court has adopted major amendments to Local Rule 11 involving judicial sales. A copy of the rule can be found here. All new foreclosure cases filed will require the submission of a Property Description Approval Form (available here) which must be reviewed by the Auditor’s Office Tax Map Department before filing the complaint with the Clerk. The fee for a Writ of Possession is now $200. The amended version of Local Rule 11 will be effective November 24, 2014. Please adjust your procedures to conform to the new version of the Local Rule and advise your clients accordingly. A complete version of the Local Rules as amended is available here.

Please take notice the Judge McBride has posted the procedure he uses in revivor proceedings on this web site under his judicial preferences. A copy of this procedure is available HERE. Any counsel planning to file a revivor should review and follow this procedure. Judge McBride has also posted updated versions of his civil and criminal pre-trial orders, and his list of witnesses, exhibits, and depositions.

Please take notice that the Court has updated its reported civil jury verdicts for reference by counsel and parties. The report covers trials through October of 2014. The jury verdicts report is available HERE.

Please take notice that the Court has posted on this web site a schematic diagram of major county buildings. Anyone is welcome to use this diagram to get to the correct government building, including the Clermont County Courthouse, in a timely manner. Attorneys are free to download and print this map to assist their clients. A copy of the schematic is available here.

Please take notice that failure to submit Appointed Counsel fee applications on criminal cases within 90 days of disposition of the case will result in a 35% reduction in the fee, based on Ohio Public Defender’s Office rules.

Please take notice that the Clerk of Courts has updated the Civil Case Classification form. Please use this version for all future filings. A copy of the updated 2014 form is available here.

Effective May 1, 2014, the fee for filing an appeal to the 12th District Court of Appeals has been raised to $225.00 for all cases, criminal and civil. Please plan accordingly if you are filing a Notice of Appeal in the near future.

Please take notice that the Clermont County Common Pleas Court has amended its Local Rules effective May 2, 2013. These amendments cover new provisions for petitions for Certificates of Qualification for Employment, updates to arraignment practice and the Clerk’s fee schedule, and renumbering of certain rules. The May 2, 2013 amendments are available here. The complete Local Rules are available here and on the Local Rules page of this web site. Individual Local Rules as amended have been posted on the Local Rules page.

Please take notice that the Court now has information about Certificates of Qualification for Employment (CQEs) listed in the Frequently Asked Questions section of this web site. The CQE petition process was created in a recent amendment to ORC 2953.25. The link to the FAQs is here.

Additional judge’s opinions are being posted on the Court’s web site as they become available for the benefit of the practicing bar. All posted court opinions may be accessed here.

September 19, 2011 Attorneys should take note that the Court is operating under the newly revised fee schedule for appointed counsel in criminal cases. The current rates as approved by the Board of County Commissioners is $60 per hour for in-court work and $50 per hour for out-of-court work. The full text of the Commissioners’ resolution can be found here.

July 25, 2011 The Clermont County Common Pleas Court has posted judicial preferences for practices and procedures on this web site. An attorney or party may go to the page “Judicial Preferences” and click on a judge’s name to get a PDF with that judge’s individual preferences for practice in his court. These listings of judicial preferences for practices and procedures for counsel and parties are offered for the convenience and guidance of those appearing before the individual judges in the Clermont County Common Pleas Court, General Division. Each judge reserves the right and has the discretion to modify these preferences to suit the circumstances of individual cases as the law and the facts require.

May 26, 2011 The Local Rules of the Clermont County Common Pleas Court, General Division, as amended May 24, 2011, are now posted on the Court’s web site. The major change is the adoption of Local Rule 1 regarding the assignment to judges of both criminal and civil cases. In addition to the individual Local Rules, counsel and other interested parties may download a complete set of Local Rules in PDF format.

May 10, 2011 Judge Richard Ferenc was interviewed on Clermont County Today on May 6, 2001 regarding his initial impressions on becoming a Common Pleas Court Judge, and his observations on trends in the court caseload. To see the complete interview, please click HERE.